Director for Human Resources and Talent Strategy

at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, United States

Job Description

Director for Human Resources and Talent Strategy

Posting Number S00843JP Department Human Resources Job Summary

Are you an HR professional with demonstrated experience as a generalist, a passion for building relationships and committed to creative problem-solving? Bowdoin College is seeking a Director for Human Resources and Talent Strategy. A significant focus of this role is in talent acquisition (full-cycle recruiting, staffing strategies and procedures to ensure that every candidate is treated equitably throughout the hiring process; a deep understanding of how to attract and develop a diverse pool of candidates; experience with both J and H1B visas, ability to discuss compensation and benefits). Additionally, this role serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and employee relations contact for the college. The successful candidate will have experience in workplace investigations and employee relations with a strong knowledge of employment laws and regulations. This HR role is a visible strategic partner who promotes transparency, forward-thinking and innovation, with an open communication approach.

The successful candidate will serve in a consultative and advisory role to department heads and supervisors on staffing and proactive recruiting, as well as coaching strategies to enhance employee engagement and resolve employee relations issues. The associate director brings consistency of policy and procedures to the employee relations work improving the campus culture and environment regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. The individual must be technically oriented and familiar with applicant tracking systems (PeopleAdmin), HCM systems (Workday) as well as general computer Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Teams). In addition, candidates must a have proven track record of strong interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills as well as presentation skills, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse employee base (faculty, administrators, and support staff). The director should have demonstrated supervisory experience as there are three positions directly reporting to this position.

Education/Skills Requirements


·Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business or HR-related field

· Working knowledge of recruiting research, interview techniques and metrics, internet and social media recruiting

· General knowledge of methods and challenges of organizational management required

· Demonstrated ability to keep current with, interpret and apply laws, rules, and standard procedures pertinent to the professional operations of the Human Resources function.

· Ability to navigate multiple priorities, special projects, and work as it appears.

· High level of integrity and confidentiality essential


· PHR or SPHR ( SHRM -CP or SHRMSCP ) certification strongly preferred

· Understanding of J and H1B visa’s

· Background in implementing performance management programs

· Prior work in higher education helpful, with an understanding of search committee processes

· Analytical skills with the ability to create standard reports to measure the overall effectiveness of recruiting and talent strategies as well as wage analysis and benchmarking.

· Ability to learn new technology

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Minimum of 7 years of generalist HR experience to include all aspects of recruiting and onboarding, as well as comprehensive work with employee relations.

A minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience, with demonstrated coaching and professional development of staff.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Typical hours are M-F 8:30am to 5:00pm. This is an exempt-level position and requires the time commitment necessary to successfully fulfill all of the job responsibilities.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff-with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Shift Employment Category Full Time Year Round FTE 1.00 Benefits Eligible Yes Pay Type Salaried Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? No Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No Posting Date 09/14/2021 Applications Accepted Until Open Until Filled No Type of Posting Internal/External Special Instructions to Applicants EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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Job Posting: JC192429014

Posted On: Sep 16, 2021

Updated On: Oct 18, 2021